Cemeteries and age

Authored by: Allison Kirkman

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033


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This chapter focuses on cemeteries and age. Burial, as a means of disposing of the body, has a long history. As well as providing a means of disposing of the dead body, cemeteries are a site for memorializing individuals and a link with those who have gone before. The chapter examines the origins of cemeteries and how current social practices, such as visiting cemeteries, are linked with age. The impact of cremation is shown along with the role of technologies, such as the increased uptake of the internet and use of social media by older people. These social changes relating to ageing and death influence the future of cemeteries.

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